Muslim League files plea in SC against Citizenship Amendment Bill
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) moved the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a day after it was passed in the Rajya Sabha.
New Delhi: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) moved the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a day after it was passed in the Rajya Sabha. The IUML alleges that the bill violates the fundamental Right to Equality of the Constitution.
The legislation has been cleared by both Houses of Parliament and is awaiting the President’s assent before it becomes a law. The Bill was cleared in Lok Sabha on Monday and sailed through the Rajya Sabha with 125 MPs in support and 99 voting against it, on Wednesday.
IUML, in its petition, has requested the apex court to stay the Bill and its operation. The Muslim League also pleaded to declare it “illegal and void” for violating Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.
Senior Congress leader and noted lawyer Kapil Sibal will represent the Kerala-based political party in the apex court.
“Kapil Sibal will be representing us in the court. We are confident that we will win the case as it is strong both legally and morally. The Bill violates Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution,” said Mohammad Bashir, IUML member and Lok Sabha lawmaker from Ponnani.
The bill allows the government to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. They will be given Indian citizenship after residing in the country for five years, instead of 11 years which is the current norm.